His fingers feeling
through the darkness came in contact with something cold and
clammy--they passed to and fro over the thing until Bradley knew that
it was the face of a dead man floating upon the surface of the stream.
With an oath he pushed his gruesome companion out into mid-stream to
float on down toward the great pool and the awaiting scavengers of the
At his four hundred and thirteenth step another corpse bumped against
him--how many had passed him without touching he could not guess; but
suddenly he experienced the sensation of being surrounded by dead faces
floating along with him, all set in hideous grimaces, their dead eyes
glaring at this profaning alien who dared intrude upon the waters of
this river of the dead--a horrid escort, pregnant with dire forebodings
and with menace.
Though he advanced very slowly, he tried always to take steps of about
the same length; so that he knew that though considerable time had
elapsed, yet he had really advanced no more than four hundred yards
when ahead he saw a lessening of the pitch-darkness, and at the next
turn of the stream his surroundings became vaguely discernible. Above
him was an arched roof and on either hand walls pierced at intervals by
apertures covered with wooden doors. Just ahead of him in the roof of
the aqueduct was a round, black hole about thirty inches in diameter.
His eyes still rested upon the opening when there shot downward from it
to the water below the naked body of a human being which almost
immediately rose to the surface again and floated off down the stream.
In the dim light Bradley saw that it was a dead Wieroo from which the
wings and head had been removed. A moment later another headless body
floated past, recalling what An-Tak had told him of the
skull-collecting customs of the Wieroo. Bradley wondered how it
happened that the first corpse he had encountered in the stream had not
been similarly mutilated.
The farther he advanced now, the lighter it became. The number of
corpses was much smaller than he had imagined, only two more passing
him before, at six hundred steps, or about five hundred yards, from the
point he had taken to the stream, he came to the end of the tunnel and
looked out upon sunlit water, running between grassy banks.
One of the last corpses to pass him was still clothed in the white robe
of a Wieroo, blood-stained over the headless neck that it concealed.
Drawing closer to the opening leading into
The balance of the frightful herd was now circling rapidly and with bewildering speed about the little knot of victims.Page 14
However, there was nothing else to consider than an attempt to scale the trees contiguous to the cliff in an effort to reach the caves above.Page 52
Why it had not occurred to me before! I was thoroughly familiar with the mechanism of every known make of flier on Barsoom.Page 54
That others would press to the support of those who faced me I knew, so even as I fought I kept my wits at work, searching for an avenue of escape.Page 60
Breathing was difficult.Page 76
Soon the light from without increased and we came to a stop.Page 90
I scrambled up the iron grating of the window until I could catch a good footing on the sill with one foot; then I let go my hold and sprang for the partition top.Page 101
We were to attempt our escape together, so I cannot desert him.Page 106
I had hoped that we might make the entire distance below the surface, but I fear that the red youth could not thus perform the trip.Page 117
Only, when she thinks I am not about to see her, her face grows very sad, and, oh, so wistful.Page 135
Terrible have been the calamities that have befallen your great-grandsire's mighty nation since the fatal day that saw you leave our midst.Page 138
expedition upon expedition returned with the same hopeless tale of no clue as to his whereabouts, our beloved Princess drooped lower and lower, until all who saw her felt that it could be but a matter of days ere she went to join her loved ones within the precincts of the Valley Dor.Page 141
To take sides against him were equivalent to treason.Page 143
In twos we entered the chamber and marched down the broad Aisle of Hope, as it is called, to the platform in the centre of the hall.Page 148
With the stoicism of the green Martian he showed no sign of suffering, yet I knew that his grief was as poignant as my own.Page 150
I vaulted to the ground below and ran swiftly toward the advancing party.Page 154
"What do you make of it, Kantos Kan?" asked Tars Tarkas.Page 156
Helium must select a new Jeddak within the year.Page 190
Take her.Page 191
Tell me that you love me, that I may die happy.